[DWJ] Dark is Rising film
jcurtis at harvestroad.com
Mon Feb 12 23:14:55 EST 2007
It sounds like they are trying to Harry Potterise it.
I like The Dark is Rising. I like Harry Potter. But I will not be seeing
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Subject: [DWJ] Dark is Rising film
*The Dark is Rising* film has been rumbling on in pre-production for a
couple of years now, but recently they've starting to cast, and some of the
details have recently begun leaking out here and there. The snippet below is
from the call for auditions(
http://www.myentertainmentworld.com/mew/audition_film-tv.html) which came
out a few months ago, so sorry if this is old news. Be warned: there are
spoilers for the Dark is Rising film below. And when I say 'spoilers' I mean
- well, you'll see....
*(Romania) -* Send photograph & resumes ASAP to: *Details Are only Available
By Subscription. <http://www.myentertainmentworld.com/subscribe.html>*.
Title: *THE DARK IS RISING*, Feature Film. EXEC PROD, Ron Schmidt; PROD,
Marc Platt; DIR, David L. Cunningham; SCR, John Hodge. Shoot Dates:
February, 2007 (in Romania). STORY: The film is about Will Stanton, who
discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is the last of the "Old Ones," a
group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the
forces of the Dark and he must undertake a difficult journey to defeat the
evil powers that threaten the land. Breakdown-- *Will Stanton*: 13. Will is
an American who lives in England with his family. Will is bullied and/or
ignored by his older brothers, and Will is gloomily convinced that he's
doomed to be a bookish, gawky oddball at the bottom of the pecking order.
However, he is actually an innately cool kid who has not yet grown into his
coolness; *Professor John Stanton*: 45-55. Will's father. Professor Stanton
is an American physicist and college professor and he's paid a price for it.
He is emotionally cool, authoritative and very remote from his children;
Rider*: 30-40 years old man with icy malevolence who is masquerading as a
simple village doctor when in fact he is an agent of Evil; *Mrs. Mary
Stanton*: 40-50. She is the American mother of the Stanton six children. She
works hard at protecting her husband and her family. She similar to her
husband is not emotionally available to her kids and is very distant; *Gwen
Stanton*: Will's younger sister, Gwen is an American, neat, upright girl of
about 8 or 9. Unlike her brothers, who treat Will with amiable contempt,
Gwen looks up to Will, loves him and dotes on him; *Max Stanton*: 19 or 20,
an edgy young man with piercings and tattoos. Will's older brother. Max is
the American, bohemian of the family. He is always inclined to question his
father's authority; *James Stanton*: 17. Will's older American brother.
James is mature, muscular and good looking, the object of admiring eyes.
Busily looking for a girlfriend, James barely interacts with Will -
especially when Maggie Barnes becomes the object of his affection; *Robin
Stanton & Paul Stanton*: 15, Male. A pair of grungy American adolescents,
Robin and Paul are identical or fraternal twin brothers, and they're still
at the "horseplay" stage of development. Always ready to tease Will about
his bookish ways, always willing to reinforce his fears of being a gawky
oddball, Robin and Paul tease and bully and sometimes blow off Will.
(Posted: November 2, 2006)
I don't know where to begin! Perhaps I'll just confine myself to asking what
'sometimes blow off Will' means... The mind boggles - but it was boggling
obDWJ the latest editions of this sequence have a quotation from DWJ, saying
that she wishes she'd written it. Bet she won't wish she'd written this.
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